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Penn State Professor Wins Environmental Health Award


A Penn State University professor has been named the recipient of the 2019 Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award for his volunteer service focused on environmental health issues.

William P. Bahnfleth, a professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, received the award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Established in 2006, the award was renamed in 2019 after William’s father, Donald Bahnfleth, for his role in initiating ASHRAE’s environmental health activities during his presidency in 1985-86.

The award recognizes William for his service, including terms on the Environmental Health Committee, twice serving as chair of the ASHRAE IAQ (indoor air quality) conference, and authoring papers and articles for ASHRAE related to environmental health.

“We both believed that the primary purpose of buildings is to serve the needs of the people inside,” William Bahnfleth said. “We can design buildings to save energy and reduce environmental impact, but a building that delivers poor IEQ that affects well-being is a failure.”

Bahnfleth will receive the award at the ASHRAE Annual Conference in Kansas City on June 22, 2019.

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